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Academic Biography

Michael Graham is a graduate tutor in the psychology, sport and exercise department in the school of social sciences business and law. After completion of his MSc in Sport and Exercise Science in 2008 he went on to work as a health improvement specialist within the community.

In June 2010 he returned to work for Teesside University as a senior sport and exercise technician (supporting student and staff research projects). This position saw Michael work with a number of elite athletes and para-athletes including Richard Kielty, Jade Jones (T54 wheelchair athlete), International rugby union referees, and the GB bouldering team.

As part of his graduate tutor role Michael is studying for his PhD in "The use of the primary school playground in developing fundamental movement skills and improving physical activity levels". Michael is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and teaches on exercise and health related modules across the sport science degree programmes.

Summary of Research Interests

  • Fundamental movement skill interventions in children
  • Physical Literacy and academic achievement
  • School and workplace physical activity
  • Obesogenic environment


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